Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Penfold's Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2004

Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2004
Coonawarra, South Australia, cork seal

This wine was a gift from a friend and we drunk it to celebrate the first meal at our new table. The Penfolds 2004 Bin range has had a lot of positive press and as I'm a Coonawarra fan I was pretty excited to be trying this.

I got the decanter in action, but the wine was a lot more open and accessible than I expected. The nose was bursting with fruit: ripe red berries were dominant, especially strawberries and raspberries; but there were also blackberries and a suggestion of cigars and cedar. I was pretty amazed with how smooth and integrated the palate was. I tasted plenty of fruit flavours, all the berries were present, but I also got a fair hint of ripe plums. Initially I was thinking it was all fruit, fruit, fruit, but the more I drunk the more I appreciated the quality of it; their were tannins present, but they were soft and seamlessly integrated and as was 14% alcohol. This wine really was a pretty tidy package and is definitely worth a try.

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Edward said...


I assume you managed to construct your table. I have all manner of problems trying to construct Ikea furniture. (Could me something to do with my dislike of reading instructions!)

The 04 Pennies are great.

Andrew said...

Hi Edward

Had no problems with the Ikea table, BUT a few issues did emerge with the wardrobe we constructed the day before ... something about putting the whole thing together upside down and then turning it over to realise one of the shelves was upside down; of course we had already hammered the 88 nails into the back to secure it all tightly in place.

Cheers Andrew